IRENA Insights

14 December 2021 |Webinar
Renewable Energy and Jobs


The fortnightly IRENA Insights programme of short, focused webinars showcases key insights from teams across the Agency. Every other week, presenters from one of IRENA’s teams – either alone or together with invited guests – will share key findings from their latest programmatic work, provide focused insights into opportunities, trends, best practices and innovative solutions to address various challenges, signpost further sources of more in-depth information and provide an opportunity to engage with IRENA’s experts through Q&A sessions.

Recordings of webinars are available below together with the presentation slides.

Upcoming webinars


Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 14:00 – 14:30 CET

"Benchmarking Scenario Comparisons: Key indicators for the clean energy transition"

Long-term energy scenarios have become an essential tool for policy makers to guide the clean energy transition. However, the energy scenarios produced can vary and be complex, leading to an abundance of insights and technology combinations. Comparison studies have emerged to help understand the convergences and divergences between various scenarios, providing trade-offs for decision makers and identifying key insights for policy makers. This webinar will discuss the main findings from the recently-published collaborative report between IRENA and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) Benchmarking Scenario Comparisons: Key indicators for the clean energy transition, which highlights the motivation, focus and methods of 14 scenario comparison studies, synthesizing experts’ views on how to improve such studies to gain insights for the clean energy transition.

Featured speakers:

  • Wouter Nijs, Researcher - Knowledge for the Energy Union Unit, European Commission JRC
  • Nadeem Goussous, Clean Energy Transition Scenarios and Network team, IRENA 

 

Tuesday, 25 January 2022, 14:00 – 14:30 CET

"Reaching Zero with Renewables: Capturing carbon"

IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C pathway foresees that 90% of the solutions to bring us to net-zero by 2050 involve renewable energy through direct supply of renewables, electrification, energy efficiency, green hydrogen, and bioenergy combined with carbon capture and storage. Only in residual use of fossil fuels and some industrial processes, such as cement, chemicals and iron and steel, decarbonisation efforts may require CCS and CO2 removal technologies and measures. This webinar will share key takeaways from the recent IRENA report Reaching Zero With Renewables: Capturing Carbon on the status and potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies and their roles alongside renewables in the deep decarbonisation of energy systems in the context of global pathways to net-zero emissions.

Featured speakers:

  • Martina Lyons, End use sectors and innovation team, IRENA

 

Tuesday, 08 February 2022, 14:00 – 14:30 CET

"Sector Coupling in Facilitating the Integration of Variable Renewable Energy in Cities"

To achieve net-zero target by 2050, IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C pathway shows variable renewable electricity will account for 63% of the total electricity output. Accommodating such high share of variable renewables would require significant enhancement in grid flexibility. The webinar will share key insights from the IRENA report Sector Coupling in Facilitating Integration of Variable Renewable Energy in Cities which aims to help cities understand the great decarbonisation potential they hold and ways to unlock it by using sector coupling options. It will highlight the importance of sector coupling as a key source of flexibility that cities can explore to stabilise grid operations and discusses how to quantify sector coupling opportunities in modelling an increasing complexity and interconnectedness of energy systems.

Featured speakers:

  • Yong Chen, Sustainable urban energy team, IRENA

 

Past webinars


Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 13:00 – 13:30 CET

"Renewable Energy and Jobs"

This webinar event will discuss the main findings from the recent IRENA report Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2021 and highlight the importance to build and strengthen domestic supply chains and the increasing need for expanding skills in all regions of the world to create a capable renewable energy workforce. In addition, the webinar will also discuss the policy framework required to bring together labour market incentives, industrial policies, and further needs to adopt social protection measures.

Featured speakers:

  • Michael Renner, Knowledge Policy and Finance Centre team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

Thursday, 08 July 2021, 13:30 – 14:00 CEST

"Supporting Climate Action Ahead of COP26"

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by countries under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) represent climate action pledges aimed at keeping global warming well below 2°C, preferably 1.5°C, above pre-industrial levels. Under this historic agreement, countries agreed to increase their efforts to prevent climate change every five years. While the COVID-19 issue caused several countries to postpone submitting enhanced NDCs, over 76 countries submitted new or updated NDCs, many of which included increased mitigation ambition, and many more plans are scheduled to be published in the coming months.

The webinar highlighted findings from collaboration with African and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) signatories to the Paris Agreement to improve their mitigation targets, as well as discuss how these new national climate policies collectively put us on a path to limiting dangerous levels of warming. IRENA provides high-level technical assistance, among others, in the design and implementation of enhanced mitigation and adaptation measures in climate action plans that use renewable energy technologies, as well as assistance in assessing their mitigation potential, associated costs, and adaptation co-benefits. This includes creating datasets, tools, and insights focused on practical solutions for decarbonizing energy systems and increasing renewable energy use in buildings, industry, and transport sectors using innovative approaches. Participants were able to discuss recent national climate plans presented in 2021 and learn from new climate action tools for policymakers and stakeholders to analyse national climate commitments demonstrated by IRENA experts.

Featured speakers:

  • Simon Benmarraze, Renewable Energy Markets and Technology team, IRENA
  • Paula Nardone, Renewable Energy Markets and Technology team, IRENA
  • Josefine Axelsson, Renewable Energy Markets and Technology team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 14:00 – 14:30 CEST

"Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2020: Cost Declines and Record Capacity Additions"

Join IRENA to hear about the latest renewable power generation cost trends from a decade where solar and wind power learning has driven down costs to historically low levels and made them the mainstay of new capacity additions in 2020. IRENA presented highlights of its annual “Renewable Power Generation Costs” report, granted insights into the latest trends in installed costs, capacity factors and the levelized cost of electricity for bioenergy for power, concentrating solar power, geothermal, hydropower, onshore and offshore wind, and solar photovoltaics and hear about:

  • The key technology drivers behind cost reductions and performance improvements.
  • How cost levels differ between countries and what underlies these differences.
  • How new solar and wind power is increasingly cheaper than running existing coal plant.
  • How battery storage cost reductions are increasingly allowing storage to complement new solar and wind capacity.
  • How, for the first time, the report includes insights into solar thermal heat for industrial applications.

Featured speakers:

  • Michael Taylor, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Wednesday, 09 June 2021, 14:00 – 14:30 CEST

"Renewable Methanol: An Enabler for Carbon Neutrality in the Chemical & Liquid Fuel Sectors"

Methanol is essential for the chemical industry and represents an emerging energy fuel for a wide range of uses. Although largely produced from fossil fuels, it can also be made from sustainable, renewable-based energy sources such as from biomass or synthesised from green hydrogen and CO2. While this could expand methanol’s use as a chemical feedstock and fuel while moving industrial and transport sectors toward net carbon neutral goals, current costs of renewable methanol production are currently high and production volumes are low. This webinar will share the insights and key findings from the joint IRENA and Methanol Institute report ‘Innovation Outlook: Renewable Methanol’ and discuss pathways to transition from fossil fuel-based to renewable methanol, market status, outlook for renewable methanol for applications in chemical and transport sectors and elaborate on policy actions needed to make renewable methanol cost competitive by 2050 or earlier.

Featured speakers:

  • Paul Durrant, Bioenergy and End-use sectors team, IRENA
  • Francisco Boshell, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets, IRENA
  • Seungwoo Kang, Bioenergy and End-use sectors team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 11:00 – 11:40 CEST

"Planning and prospects for renewable power: Eastern and Southern Africa"

Long-term energy planning is a fundamental instrument for governments in guiding energy transitions. Well managed energy planning process leads to a consensus-based long-term vision, supported by concrete scenarios and policy actions. That in turn gives investors a clear signal and sense of stability on policy directions, while allowing stakeholders to better prepare for the near-term milestones.

IRENA's Planning and Prospects for the Renewable Power in Africa series has been providing inputs to the energy planning process within African institutions, and power pools in particular. Recently published "Planning and prospects for renewable power: Eastern and Southern Africa" is the fifth report in the series. It assessed the renewable power investment potential within the landscape of the regional power sector development through 2040 in Eastern and Southern African power pools. The analysis is IRENA's inputs to the Programme Infrastructure Development for Africa as well as to the Africa Continental Power Systems Master Plan, to which IRENA contribute as the modelling partner.

This webinar presented high-level insights from the report.

Featured speakers:

  • Asami Miketa, Energy Planning and Support team, IRENA
  • Tichakunda Simbini, Energy infrastructure Expert, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 10:00 – 10:30 CEST

"Renewables and energy efficiency addressing the rising energy usage of cryptocurrency mining"

Proof-of-work blockchains, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, consume considerable amounts of electricity to process transactions and provide network security. The Bitcoin network alone accounts for about 0.65% of total global electricity consumption. While the share of renewables in mining is higher than average, at around 39%, compared to 25% of electricity globally, more can be done. Similar power-hungry digital sectors, including data centres, provide insights on how to increase energy efficiency and the share of renewables while also providing grid services. Also, newer consensus mechanisms, including proof-of-stake (PoS) , which eliminate the need for mining, are being developed and implemented and promise to reduce the energy demand of the Ethereum blockchain, the second largest by market cap, by around 99%. While PoW mining is by no means the largest consumer of electricity, due to its visibility it attracts a lot of attention to the carbon intensity of the power sector as a whole. The added attention this space affords can be used as a catalyst to achieve a 100% share of renewables in the power sector, making blockchain mining not a roadblock but an accelerator of an energy transition centred around renewables.

Featured speakers:

  • Francisco Boshell, Team lead, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets
  • Sean Ratka, Office of the Director of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 15:00 – 15:30 CEST

"Climate-safe 1.5°C pathway by 2050: Technology solutions and investment needs"

The recent trends show that the gap between where we are and where we should be to achieve the 1.5°C Paris Agreement goal is not decreasing but widening. IRENA’s preview of its World Energy Transitions Outlook proposes energy transition solutions for the narrow pathway available to contain the rise of temperature to 1.5°C and halt irreversible global warming.  Proven technologies for a net-zero energy system already largely exist today. IRENA’s “1.5°C pathway” indicates over 90% of all decarbonisation solutions in 2050 will involve renewable energy through direct supply of low-cost power, efficiency, renewable-powered electrification in end-use as well as green hydrogen. Carbon capture and removal technologies in combination with bioenergy will deliver the ‘last mile’ CO2 reductions towards a net-zero energy system.  This webinar presented high-level insights on energy transition technology components and investment needs in setting the world on a trajectory towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy future.

Featured speaker:

  • Ricardo Gorini, Head of the Renewable Energy Roadmaps team
  • Rodrigo Leme, Renewable Energy Roadmaps team
  • Gayathri Prakash, Renewable Energy Roadmaps team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 10:00 – 10:30 CET (13:00 – 13:30 GST)

"Hydrogen series – Part 2: Green Hydrogen Cost Reduction: Scaling up Electrolysers to Meet the 1.5⁰C Climate Goal"

Following the Part 1 of the Hydrogen webinar series, which focused on the policy support for hydrogen to achieve its future potential as an ubiquitous energy carrier, part 2 focused on the cost of production to increase hydrogen’s competitiveness. Most of the production cost of green hydrogen is the electricity input. Renewable electricity is already cost competitive in most regions and will continue to become cheaper in the coming years. The next largest cost component is the electrolyser. Following the IRENA report Green Hydrogen Cost Reduction, this webinar discussed the different strategies that will allow achieving a low cost for the electrolyzer and will make green hydrogen competitive with other low-carbon pathways.

Featured speaker:

  • Emanuele Taibi, Analyst, Power Sector Transformation Strategies, IRENA
  • Herib Blanco, Analyst, Hydrogen Energy (Power-to-X), IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 09 March 2021, 10:00 – 10:30 CET (13:00 – 13:30 GST)

"Hydrogen series – Part 1: Green hydrogen: A guide to policy making"

The last two years have seen an increased focus on net zero emissions energy systems. To achieve this goal, even the most difficult to abate sectors need to be tackled. Hydrogen can complement electrification and energy efficiency in achieving this goal. Green hydrogen can link the renewable electricity with those applications that are difficult to electrify, while providing flexibility to the power system. Yet, today, most of the policies are targeted to the transport sector. A broader policy support will be fundamental for hydrogen to achieve its future potential as an ubiquitous energy carrier. The webinar presented key takeaways from the recent IRENA report Green Hydrogen: A Guide to Policy Makers and highlighted the policy pillars to transition green hydrogen from niche to mainstream. These include building national hydrogen strategies, identifying policy priorities, guarantees of origin and enabling policies.

Featured speaker:

  • Emanuele BiancoKnowledge and policy, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 15:00 GST (12:00 CET)

"Skill Building for the Energy Transition"

Building the skill base necessary for achieving the energy transition requires the implementation of education and training policies and programmes that address the need to reskill and upskill the existing energy workforce as well as educate a new generation of energy professionals. This webinar shared preliminary findings from the upcoming brief on renewable energy education and training and showcased examples of policies and initiatives including public-private partnerships for training; enhanced curriculum frameworks; teacher training; ICT utilisation for skill delivery; and recruitment of underrepresented groups.

Featured speaker:

  • Samah Elsayed, Programme Officer- Renewable Energy Education, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 09 February 2021, 14:00 – 14:30 CET

"Mini-grids of the future: renewables innovation and resiliency"

The webinar featured IRENA’s report Quality Infrastructure for Smart Mini-Grids. It discussed how renewable mini-grids can be key providers of electricity access in remote areas and islands. Furthermore, interconnecting one mini-grid with another, or with the main grid, can bring multiple benefits. Grid-connected mini-grids can increase power resilience and reliability, while allowing the integration of a higher share of renewable electricity and therefore decreasing energy costs. The growth of mini-grid markets should be accompanied by a strong quality infrastructure (QI) that ensures that the implemented systems will deliver the expected services and benefits in the long term. International standards, testing and licensing facilities are key to ensuring the high quality of deployed mini-grids. The webinar also featured the latest development on international standards for Low-Voltage Direct-Current (LVDC) mini-grids.

Featured speakers:

  • Francisco Boshell, Team lead, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets, IRENA
  • Vimal Mahendru, President of Legrand-India, India member of the IEC Standardization Management Board and Chair of the IEC Systems Committee on Low Voltage Direct Current and Low Voltage Direct Current for Electricity Access

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 14:00 – 14:30 CET

"INSPIRE: IRENA’s interactive tool for patent trends and international standards in RE"

IRENA’s International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) database is an interactive online patent data platform developed by IRENA with the support of the European Patent Office EPO and WIPO. In this free access web tool, users can monitor the innovation trends in renewable technologies using patents and standards data. This webinar explored the value of patent and standards data analytics and how information can be translated into valuable insights for policymakers, entrepreneurs, industry, research bodies and other key stakeholders in the energy sector. The audience were able to learn how to research patents and standards in different renewable energy technologies to identify innovation trends, front runner countries, and leading technology organisations.

Featured speakers:

  • Elisa Asmelash, REmap team, IRENA
  • Mustafa Abunofal, Innovation team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 5 January 2021, 14:00 – 14:30 CET

"Thermal energy storage: a key enabler of increased renewables penetration in energy systems"

The webinar explains the role of thermal energy storage (TES) in the global energy transition. The information is based on IRENA’s recently released report 'Innovation Outlook: Thermal energy Storage'. TES technologies can address some challenges in energy systems including, for example, decoupling heating and cooling demand from immediate power generation and supply availability, as well as balancing seasonal energy supply variations for thermal applications. The report outlines the pathway for the different TES technologies in the decade to come. The suitable TES technologies, their applications and expected development are elaborated for five applications: power, industry, buildings, district heating and cooling, and cold chains.

Featured speakers:

  • Francisco Boshell, Team lead, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets, IRENA
  • Liliana Gomes, Innovation team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 15:00 – 15:30 CET

"Net-zero iron and steel production: challenges, options and what needs to happen now"

The iron and steel sector is a major energy user and a major emitter of CO2. In 2017, the sector accounted for 32 EJ of total global final energy use, and in 2018 it produced 7-9% of total global CO2 emissions. Drawing on the analysis presented in IRENA’s Reaching zero with renewables report and building on key takeaways from the discussions in the 3rd IRENA Innovation Week this webinar provided insights into the challenges the sector faces and the main options and actions needed for deep-decarbonization of the sector.

Featured speaker:

  • Paul Durrant, End use sectors and Bioenergy, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 15:00 – 15:30 CET

”Scenarios for the Energy Transition: Global experience and best practices”

This webinar presented IRENA’s new report 'Scenarios for the Energy Transition: Global experience and best practices', which showcases efforts from governments and technical institutions worldwide to improve the use and development of long-term energy scenarios to guide national policy-making towards the clean energy transition. The webinar also introduced IRENA’s Long-Term Energy Scenarios (LTES) Network, a global platform for energy planners to share their experience and good practices in the use and development of LTES. The LTES Network is open to all IRENA member states with established planning processes.

Featured speakers:

  • Asami Miketa, Clean Energy Transition Scenarios and Network team, IRENA
  • Pablo Carvajal, Clean Energy Transition Scenarios and Network team, IRENA
  • Nadeem Goussous, Clean Energy Transition Scenarios and Network team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

”Socio-economic benefits of renewables: Job creation”

Supported by ambitious policies, the energy transition can go hand-in-hand with a range of socio-economic benefits. One of these is job creation, which is a critical objective for people and policymakers in countries around the world. IRENA recently-released the 2020 edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review, the seventh report in the series. This report updates findings from earlier editions, offering estimates for renewable energy employment around the world in 2019. It highlights trends for major renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar PV, hydropower, and biomass, offers insights for selected countries and relates these to various factors that influence employment generation, including policy initiatives and market dynamics. The webinar highlighted key findings.

Featured speaker:

  • Michael Renner, Policy team at Knowledge Policy and Finance, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 15:00 – 15:30 CET

”Transforming transport with renewable based solutions”

The transport sector accounts for about a quarter of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions. While the pathway towards zero emissions is relatively clear for passenger road transport and rail through direct electrification, that is not the case for the remaining sectors, i.e., road freight transport, shipping and aviation, which account for over half of the transport sector’s emissions. Following the key findings from the IRENA’s report Reaching zero with renewables and building on key takeaways from the discussions in the 3rd IRENA Innovation Week which focused on renewable-solutions for industry and transport, this webinar dived deeper into emerging renewable solutions, challenges and opportunities to decarbonize the hard to electrify transport, i.e. road freight transport, shipping and aviation.

Featured speakers:

  • Paul Durrant, End-use sectors and bioenergy team, IRENA
  • Carlos Ruiz, End-use sectors team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 15:00 - 15:30 CEST

"Energy Sector Subsidies - A look at the first estimate of their total value?"

In 2017, the costs of unpriced externalities and the direct subsidies for fossil fuels (USD 3.1 trillion) exceeded subsidies for renewable energy by a factor of 19. The actual level of total energy sector subsidies is however and, in all probability, larger due to data gaps. The main factors are a lack of harmonised subsidy definition and the boundary conditions for the application of the definition – as well as a lack of harmonised calculation methodologies – and the difficulty of calculating many forms of subsidy (e.g., lax regulations for environmental remediation). Following the IRENA’s technical paper ‘Energy Subsidies: Evolution in the global energy transformation to 2050’, this webinar provided key insights on globally used subsidy definitions and calculation methods, explained how a first ever estimate of total energy sector subsidies was arrived at and the strengths and limitations of the approach. The webinar presented the current level of energy sector subsidies and the trends in total energy subsidies by fuel or source and across sectors, and shared views on what needs to be done to facilitate a more robust debate around the reform of energy subsidies.

Featured speaker:

  • Michael Taylor, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 15:00 - 15:30 CEST

"Reaching zero with renewables in transport and industry"

Decarbonisation of some transport (road freight, aviation and shipping) and industry (chemicals and petrochemicals, iron and steel, cement and lime, aluminium) sectors by 2060 will be very challenging due to limited viable options. Renewables, supplemented with other options, can play a central role in these sectors and can make an early but significant difference that would help build confidence and scale. This webinar shared early insights from the upcoming IRENA’s report ‘Reaching Zero with Renewables’ and from the recent IRENA’s advice provided to the G20 Climate Stewardship Working Group on the use of renewables in the challenging industry and transport sectors.

Featured speaker:

  • Paul Durrant, End use sectors and bioenergy team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020, 15:00 - 15:30 CET

“The role of green hydrogen in reaching zero emissions”  

Hydrogen from renewable power (green hydrogen) has been considered key element for the energy transition. Hydrogen technologies have been enjoying unprecedented momentum with a growing evidence in terms of their decreased costs and increased performance that, in addition to decreasing costs of renewable power, suggest they are becoming an attractive option to decarbonise global energy systems. While in the past the major application consideration favoured the road-transport sector, recently the debate surrounding hydrogen has evolved and shifted towards all hard-to-decarbonise sectors. Following the IRENA’s 2019 report ‘Hydrogen: A renewable energy perspective’, this webinar will provide a more in-depth perspective on hydrogen’s strategic considerations, its nexus with renewable energy, its economics and trade.

Featured speaker:

  • Emanuele Taibi, Power System Transformation Strategies team, IRENA
  • Raul Miranda, Power System Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

“Advanced biofuels: What holds them back?”  

Whilst representing a third of global energy demand, the transport sector has the lowest level of renewable energy use today. Biofuels can offer readily available solutions for decarbonizing transport as an alternative to fossil fuels and as a complement to the enhanced role of electric mobility. IRENA’s climate-friendly scenario indicates that a five-fold increase of biofuels would be needed by 2050, however, many barriers are holding back their scale-up of biofuels deployment. This webinar, focused on the 2019 report ‘Advanced biofuels: what holds them back?’, shared practical insights into the complex business environment and discussed ways forward.

Featured speaker:

  • Toshimasa Masuyama, Bioenergy team, IRENA
  • Seungwoo Kang, Bioenergy team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here. 

Tuesday, 09 June 2020, 15:00 - 15:30 CET

“Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2019: Latest Trends and Drivers”  

Solar and wind power costs continued to fall in 2019 and auction and PPA results show there is no sign of slowing in the downward trend. IRENA has been tracking and analyzing the cost evolution of renewable power since 2012 to shed light on the accelerating momentum of renewables as both the key climate solution and a strong business proposition. Following the 2019’s edition of IRENA’s Renewable Power Generation Costs report published on 2 June 2020, this webinar shared with you key takeaways from this new body of work and provided insights into global cost trends for renewable power and what has driven their cost declines in 2019.

Featured speaker:

  • Michael Taylor, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here. 

 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 16:00 - 16:30 CET

“IRENA FlexTool – Assessing power system flexibility to integrate a higher share of renewables”

Flexibility has become a common by-word when transforming our energy systems towards the ones dominated by renewable energy. In 2018, IRENA published the report ‘Power system flexibility for the energy transition’ together with a publicly and freely available tool, the IRENA FlexTool, that was used to perform flexibility assessments for Colombia, Panama, Thailand and Uruguay. This webinar reviewed the concept of flexibility proposed two years ago and served to present the latest version of the FlexTool, that was launched 2 weeks ago and is accompanied by a set of comprehensive training materials.

Featured speakers:

  • Emanuele Taibi, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA
  • Carlos Fernandez, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here .

 

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

“Oceans powering the energy transition: Progress through innovative business models and revenue support”

This joint webinar by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) discussed the role of oceans as a sustainable resource supporting the global energy transition. The webinar presented the status of ocean energy technologies and the needed actions to reach wide commercialization. The webinar also shed light on promising revenue support mechanisms and innovative business models, e.g: hybrid technologies and coupling sectors, tailored to country context.

Featured speakers:

  • Judit Hecke, Innovation team, IRENA
  • Alessandra Salgado, Innovation team, IRENA
  • Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe

IRENA presentation slides can be accessed here here and Ocean Energy Europe presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

”Renewables for refugee settlements: Sustainable energy access in humanitarian situations”

In response to the alarming numbers of displaced people around the world and their unreliable access to sustainable energy, IRENA collaborated with UNHCR in assessing energy access in four refugee settlements in Iraq and Ethiopia, in an attempt to identify ideal renewable energy solutions to reduce diesel consumption and costs and provide the refugees with clean, reliable and cost-efficient energy for their everyday purposes. The webinar hosted by the Power Sector Transformation Strategies team will shared insights and takeaways from this study captured in its 2019 report Renewables for refugee settlements: Sustainable energy access in humanitarian situations and will outlined avenues to replicate the proposed renewable energy solutions in other refugee settlements and shared possible business models to increase the uptake of renewables as well as enable the participation of private actors.

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Deribe Gurmu, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ethiopia
  • Emanuele Taibi, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA
  • Aakarshan Vaid, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 3:00pm - 3:30pm CET

“The IRENA Electricity Storage Valuation Framework”

Following the launch of IRENA's Electricity Storage Valuation Framework in March, this webinar hosted by the Power Sector Transformation Strategies team at IRENA gave an overview of the report focused on how to assess the value of electricity storage for the power system and how to create conducive regulatory frameworks for cost-effective storage deployment. The webinar featured Heather Worley from the World Bank as a guest speaker, who introduced the Energy Storage Partnership, a new international partnership established by the World Bank with over 30 partners (incl. IRENA) to help expand the deployment of energy storage and bring new technologies to developing countries' power systems.

Featured speakers:

  • Heather Worley, Energy Storage Partnership, ESMAP, World Bank
  • Emanuele Taibi, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

”Unlocking demand-side flexibility to transform the power sector

The webinar hosted by the Power Sector Transformation team discussed a need to increase flexibility to accommodate variable renewables into the power systems particularly by adjusting the electricity demand over the course of various timeframes. The webinar drew upon the insights from the IRENA 2019 report “Demand-side flexibility for Power Sector Transformation” and showcased innovative solutions to harness demand-side flexibility such as power-to-X, EV smart charging, smart appliances as well as industrial demand response.

Featured speaker:

  • Carlos Fernandez, Power Sector Transformation team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

”Innovations for 100% renewable power: a systemic approach”

The webinar hosted by the Innovation team discussed the need for a systemic approach to innovations to integrate higher shares of variable renewables into the power systems. Innovations in enabling technologies together with innovations in business models, market designs and system operations are needed to increase the flexibility of the power systems. The webinar offered insights into the systemic innovation framework developed in the IRENA’s 2019 flagship report “Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future”. Building on this framework, the webinar then showcased 4 tailor-made innovative solutions developed for the specific case of Sweden, which aims for 100% renewable power by 2040. The findings from the study were recently published in the report “Innovative solutions for 100% renewable power in Sweden”.

Featured speakers:

  • Arina Anisie, Innovation team
  • Elena Ocenic, Innovation team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Planning for the renewable future: improving the use and development of long-term energy scenarios”

The webinar hosted by the Planning for the Global Energy Transition team explored the rapidly evolving landscape of long-term energy planning practices. The webinar shared insights into IRENA’s Long-term Energy Scenarios (LTES) Campaign and Network, which aims to provide a global platform to exchange good practices in the use and the development of clean energy transition scenarios. The webinar also introduced IRENA’s AVRIL program, short for ‘Addressing Variable Renewables in Long-term Energy Planning’, which aims to support government planning practitioners to adopt practical strategies to represent variable renewables in long-term modelling of crucial power system requirements, such as firm capacity, system flexibility, and transmission capacity.

Featured speakers:

  • Pablo Carvajal, Planning for the Global Energy Transition team
  • Bilal Hussain, Planning for the Global Energy Transition team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Grid Stability with High Share of Renewables - Transforming Small Island Power Systems”

The webinar hosted by the Grid Integration team explored the importance of assessing the integration of higher shares of variable renewables into the grid, particularly the grids of small island developing states, to overcome technical constraints. Speaker shared best practices to mitigate technical challenges, considering system specificities, and offered insights into available resources to ensure secure and reliable power systems.

Featured speaker:

  • Gayathri Nair, Grid Integration team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Where is renewable energy innovation heading? – What patents data can tell us.”

The webinar hosted by the Innovation, Quality & Standards team explored patent data analytics and how to translate this into valuable insights for policymakers, entrepreneurs, industry, investors and other key stakeholders in the energy sector. By using the online IRENA platform, INSPIRE, the webinar showed how to search for patents in different renewable energy technologies to identify innovation trends, front runner countries, and leading technology organisations.

Featured speakers:

  • Alessandra Salgado, Innovation team
  • Francisco Boshell, Team lead, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Electric Vehicles: how smartly should we charge them?”

The webinar hosted by Innovation team explored synergies between electric vehicles and renewable energy, and how electrifying transport can aid in the decarbonisation of both the transport and power sector. It focused in particular on smart charging and its key role in unlocking flexibility from electric vehicles to use more solar and wind power. It also offered insights into how technological breakthroughs and innovative business models, as well as regulatory frameworks, are all important for the development of smart charging together with the rapid deployment of electric vehicles.

Featured speakers:

  • Arina Anisie, Innovation team
  • Francisco Boshell, Team lead, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Wind and Solar PV – what we need by 2050”

The webinar hosted by the Renewable Energy Roadmaps team (REmap) explored the prominent role of wind and solar PV  technologies in accelerating the global energy transition to 2050 based on IRENA’s climate-resilient pathway (REmap Case). In particular, it outlined the growth in wind and solar PV power deployments needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals and offered further insights into cost-reduction opportunities, technology trends and the need to prepare electricity grids for rising shares of wind and solar PV power.

Featured speakers:

  • Elisa Asmelash, REmap team
  • Gayathri Prakash, REmap team
  • Maisarah Kadir, REmap team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.